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Empty Property

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 13th June 2011.

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Photo of David Morris David Morris Conservative, Morecambe and Lunesdale

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of empty homes.

Photo of Andrew Stunell Andrew Stunell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government

We are taking a number of measures to bring empty homes back into use, ensuring that the right incentives and tools are in place for local authorities to work with property owners.

The ‘New Homes Bonus’ provides a strong financial incentive to local authorities to support the development of new housing, including bringing empty homes back into use. To help local councils and communities better identify the empty homes in their area and bring them back into use we have also launched the ‘Geographical Information System (GIS) Empty Homes Mapping Toolkit and the Empty Homes Knowledge Toolkit’.

In addition, the Department has allocated £100 million through the ‘Affordable Homes Programme’ to help get empty homes back into productive use. The Homes and Communities Agency are considering expressions of interest which will help to inform the allocation of funding.

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